Shops That Gone With The Wind

One of my favourite past time is shopping…yeh not many men like doing that especially with their wives or families. Me too, I love shopping alone during the weekdays as it is less crowded.

Sad to say that many of my favourite shopping hunts were gone with the wind – no longer around…here are just a handful of them.

Emporium Holding:

They had many outlets like the current NTUC, and I love the one near to my house at Haig Road. I could just popped in anytime I like and strolled and browsed around. Really missed that shop.

Safe Superstore;

Most guys in the past who had been in the army will know of this SAFE Superstore as it’s a store for them. A lot of civil servant or army guys like to shop there as they could pay by instalment for large value items. I preferred going to the one at Sims Drive as it was bigger.


I think this BIG store was a replacement of SAFE Superstore, correct me if I’m wrong. I had only been to the BIG store at the World Trade Centre (now call Harbour Front) a few times before it was gone.


I believed this was many people favourites especially the ladies. I remembered how grand it was when it was first launched in Singapore.

In year 2000, the SOGO Japan faced financial crisis due to its property investment and Singapore SOGO was affected. The space once occuppied by SOGO at Raffles City now becomes Robinson.

I wonder how many of you still have these old shops’ price tags or warranty cards?

Sorry : Terribly sorry for MIA (missing in action) for almost a month I think…so what happen? Did some ‘minor’ renovation (I thought putting back a wall between 2 rooms was minor renovation) and didn’t expect that it took almost 2 weeks. After that took me another 1 week plus to unpack. As one of the rooms need to redo the flooring and put back the cement brick wall, we had to stay at Downtown East chalet for 3 days 2 nights followed by another 2 nights at another hotel. So the desktop computer had somehow missing among the many boxes and took my days to unpack…finally 95% of the things are settled now and I can start blogging.

Also I would like to thank for all your support and my blog “Times Of My Life” is one of the finalists in Best Individual Blog 2009 – Singapore Blogs Award 2009. You may vote for my blog at here. Thank you.

26 Responses to “Shops That Gone With The Wind”

  1. 1 Lam Chun See Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I like Yaohan at Plaza Singapura and Bt Timah Plaza. There is also Yuyi opp the Orhard Cinema. Recently there are so many new shopping centres I simple lost track. Going to Orchard Rd is a rare and stressful experience for me these days 😦

  2. 2 laokokok Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Me too, I like shopping at Plaza Singapura (the old one). Of course Yaohan over there should never be missed. When going to Orchard for shopping, we would rather take public transport than driving there. Like you said, “Stressssssssful”.

  3. 3 Victor Koo Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Luckily you still could retrieve all your old shopping memorabilia after the recent renovation.

  4. 4 Philip Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Your favourite NTUC FairPrice has moved next to Joo Chiat Complex which is not far from your home. Furthermore, the supermart has a bigger floor area and more displays.

    laokokok, you are not alone as I too like to shop alone.

  5. 5 laokokok Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    You bet…still trying to recall where I put all my stuff.

  6. 6 laokokok Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Yes Philip. Been there twice and seems like they employed quite a lot of China staffs. The problem is they don’t seem to know our local product well…things like raw peanut, they don’t understand even I spoke in Mandarin (perfect Mandarin).

  7. 7 Timothy Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Not sure if you got it wrong but the header showing Oriental price sticker but you put it as NTUC? Think Oriental was bought over by Bestway in 2000 but closed down in 2004.

  8. 8 Vanilla Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I am not known to be a nostalgic person. Nonetheless, I still love your blog. I can see that lots of research has gone into some of the articles. Good stuff!


  9. 9 laokokok Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Hi Timothy,
    Sorry what I meant was Oriental had many outlets like the current NTUC. The Oriental outlet that I usually patronised was the one at Lion City Hotel (Haig Road).

  10. 10 laokokok Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Thanks Vanilla and welcome here.

  11. 11 Lam Chun See Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    One of the older ones which survived throught the years is Peoples Park Complex.

  12. 12 laokokok Friday, July 10, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Yes Chun See. I always mix up the 2 : People’s Park Complex and Centre.

  13. 13 seenthisscenethat Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Like you, I prefer shopping alone too. Nowadays with the ease of comparing products on the Net, one can do all the research first before heading to the shops!

  14. 14 laokokok Monday, July 13, 2009 at 7:45 am

    No wonder I’m seeing a lot of lone shoppers nowadays.

  15. 15 fuzzoo Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 12:20 am

    I thought it was called Emporium; that’s what I called it or was the full name Oriental Emporium? I liked Plaza Singapura for the carousel in the basement which my siblings and I would always get to ride on and our parents would be waiting along the side with cotton candy. I also remember Primtemps, this French clothing store located at Le Meridien.

  16. 16 Dan Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 8:58 am


    Robina Department Store, owned by Robin Loh, was opened in 1973 in Robina House, Shenton Way. It ceased business in 1976 and was sold to John Little’s, a Robinson’s subsidiary.

    I also recollect the Cortina Department Store, located at the former Colombo Court, North Bridge Road.

    I used to have meals, at the coffee houses, in both these department stores.


  17. 17 laokokok Monday, July 27, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I believed a lot of us miss the old Cortina Departmental Store, Dan. I’m one of them.

  18. 18 Alexander Gan Friday, May 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I think I had heard of SOGO before…it sounded VERY familiar. I think someone mentioned it to me or I’ve seen it before in Singapore after the year 2000. Quite a confusion.

  19. 19 JJB67 Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Emporian holding groups – anyone remember that? the one which i still remember is located at Balestier Road….. the Old President Cinema.. it’s located beside the cinema in another small building. I remember going there for movies and will usually do some shopping there. Bought some jogging and soccer shorts there too…. Infact, i missed the 70s and 80s of Singapore…. No handphones, no X box… simple life….

  20. 20 JJB67 Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Sogo… located at City Hall……and later on Tampines Mall (the old Tampines mall with cinemas) yup.. missed them so much too…

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